World number 3 Deepika Kumari came up with a stunning effort to lead India to a commanding 201-186 win over China in Women's Recurve Team Final at Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
Deepika had crashed out of the singles competition at the quarterfinal stage but she showed her class by hitting four 10s in tricky conditions to allow India to reclaim the Women's Recurve Team gold after a two-year gap.
Bombayla Devi Laishram and Rimil Buriuly gave good support to Deepika as India beat China 201-186 to claim their second medal of this World Cup and their first World Cup Women's team gold since Shanghai 2011.
Yesterday, India's men's team had clinched a bronze medal in the compound men’s team event to open their account in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
China didn't have the best of starts to the final with Cheng Ming failing to register a score and her team mates Xu Jing and Cui Yuanyuan only scoring 6 and 5 with their first arrows. After that, India needed to keep their nerve and they did that.
In extremely windy conditions, Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buriuly also struggled -- scoring just 11 between them but Deepika stepped up and shot an 8.
As the wind died down a little, the scores started to go up. But a 10 from Deepika extended the lead to 13. The gold was in sight and there was going to be no turning back.
The Chinese trio tried hard to make a comeback but it was difficult to hit 10s in such conditions and they only made scores of 51, 50 and 52 in the last three ends.
Indian girls matched the Chinese arrow for arrow and they covered for each other quite well to maintain their lead. Other than the opening 6 and 5, Bombayala Devi and Rimil Buriuly only had a 7 apiece in the entire match as they maintained admirable composure and concentration to keep hitting 8s and 9s with an occasional 10 to eke out the advantage.
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